EU Announces New Digital Green Certificate

Written and Published April 17, 2021


Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations. Unfortunately, many countries had to introduce some stricter entry requirements as well. We have the latest information to help you plan your next trip with ease! This week we saw a huge update coming from the European Council. The EU countries agreed on five key amendments to the Digital Green Certificate proposal, which will make traveling much easier.

EU Announces New Digital Green Certificate

EU Announces New Digital Green Certificate


The 27 EU member states have agreed on key amendments to the Digital Green Certificate proposal. They are hoping that the new green certificate will ease travel between the member states. These certificates will use QR codes to provide digital proof that a person has either recovered from COVID-19, been vaccinated, or that received a negative test result. People will be able to use this certificate across all the EU member states, but also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal said in the official press release:
The current epidemiological situation remains of great concern, but when looking ahead, we need to have solutions that work across Member States. The Digital Green Certificate comes in to facilitate safe and free movement. It is most important for our citizens, for our societies and for the recovery of our economies. I welcome this first step. It shows that we are ready to engage constructively with the European Parliament and the Commission to continue to move fast on these proposals, in order to have the certificate and the system fully operational this summer.

EU Announces New Digital Green Certificate

The EU council stressed that the Digital Green Certificate is not a precondition to travel and it is not a travel document, in order to prevent discrimination against non-vaccinated people. The European Parliament is expected to approve the plan by the end of April, and the certificate should be live in time for the summer season. With more and more countries welcoming fully vaccinated passengers, this move from the EU could be implemented globally.